Jul 13

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report July 13 – July 19

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

This week Jupiter and Saturn lie exactly opposite the sun, Jupiter on the 14th and Saturn on the 20th. Being opposite the sun, they rise in the southeast as the sun sets in the northwest. Look for them beginning at about 10 PM as a pair, Jupiter being the brighter of the two. They’re visible […]

Jul 5

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report July 6 – July 12

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Summer is definitely here, and so is the summer Milky Way. Most people who live in the United States never see it except when on vacation in dark areas, but some of us lucky ones see it nightly. This month it arcs across the eastern sky as darkness falls, but it rises higher as the […]

Jun 28

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report June 29 – July 5

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

There are four bright planets in the sky tonight, two rising shortly before midnight, one a few hours later, and one rising just before the sun. Jupiter and Saturn come up together and they’re low in the southeast at 11 p.m. Jupiter is the brighter of the two while Saturn is a few degrees to […]

Jun 20

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report June 22 – June 28

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

All the planetary action is in the morning sky, so if you want to see a planet this month the best strategy is to get up early, when it’s nice and cool, and enjoy the sight of four planets plus the summer Milky Way. The easiest-to-see planets are Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, in that order […]

Jun 14

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report June 15 – June 21

Sunday June 20 is the summer solstice – the first day of summer. This day marks the sun’s northernmost rising and setting points and it’s the longest day (14 hours 37 minutes in Kanab) with the earliest sunrise and latest sunset. We have seasons because our earth is tilted in our orbit around the sun, so from […]

Jun 7

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report June 8 – June 14

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The Sky Report is presented as a public service by the Stellar Vista Observatory, a nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, which provides opportunities for people to observe, appreciate, and comprehend our starry night sky. Additional information is at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Send questions and comments to John@StargazingAdventures.org. This week three planets are visible, all in the […]

Jun 1

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report June 1 – June 7

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The Sky Report is presented as a public service by the Stellar Vista Observatory, a nonprofit organization based in Kanab, Utah, which provides observational experiences for people to enjoy, appreciate, and comprehend what we can see in our starry night skies. Additional information is at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Send questions and comments to John@StargazingAdventures.org. Last month we watched Venus disappear […]

May 25

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 25 – May 31

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The sole planet in the evening sky is little Mercury – an elusive planet that most people have never seen. It’s hard to see because it orbits close to the sun, so it never strays far from the sun and it can be seen only shortly after sunset in the evening sky or shortly before […]

May 22

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 18 – May 24

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

The weekly Sky Report alerts people to what can be seen in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. This report is presented as a public service by the nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory in Kanab, Utah, created to enhance appreciation, enjoyment and comprehension of the starry night […]

May 11

Stellar Vista Observatory Sky Report May 11 – May 17

M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

This is a series of weekly Sky Reports that alert people to what they can see in the night sky by simply stepping outdoors and looking up, perhaps with a pair of binoculars. The sky is always changing and a lot is happening if you know what to look for. All times are MDT. Venus […]